Port of Morrow, BMCC Partnering to Bring Forklift Training to Region

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The Port of Morrow and Blue Mountain Community College have partnered to purchase a forklift simulator and begin offering training. There is a high demand for skilled forklift operators both at the Port of Morrow and regionally.

“The Port is excited to be partnering with BMCC on this exciting new equipment to help train and continue to develop the workforce within the Port. This is a great way to engage employers and provide a benefit that many industries in the Port will be able to utilize,” says Ryan Neal, executive director of the Port of Morrow.

The collaborative project will provide a safe training program for both job seekers and incumbent workers who want to build additional skills. “I am looking forward to offering our local industries a unique and much-neededtraining opportunity with the forklift simulator,” says Anne Morter, workforce training center director for BMCC. “We often hear that employers ot only want employees with forklift driving skills but would also like training to improve those skills. The simulator will offer a great local opportunity for forklift operators to gain skill and confidence in a low-risk setting.”

The Sit -Down CB Forklift Simulator provides a realistic virtual reality environment with OEM Hyster or Yale forklift controls. This configuration immerses learners in lifelike scenarios under safe and controlled conditions and without the potential liabilities or damages that could occur during onsite training, especially with first-time operators.

The simulator will be ready for training by mid-April. For more information people can call the BMCC Workforce Training Center (541) 481-2099 or email amorter@bluecc.edu.